In 2015, a task force was launched to bring together City officials and community groups to develop a program that looked at the barriers that many Chicagoans faced when trying to obtain government-issued ID. In October 2016, the Chicago City Council allocated $1 million to create a Chicago Municipal ID, a government-issued ID for City residents, and in April 2017, the City Council overwhelmingly passed an ordinance (O2017-1950) to give authority to the Office of the City Clerk to administer and implement the program, now known as the CityKey Program.
While originally created to reduce barriers to those who have difficulty accessing government-issued identification, the Program’s goals have since grown to include discounts and other benefits for all of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents. This means that not only will the CityKey give Chicagoans the dignity and peace of mind that comes along with having a government-issued ID but it will also have the ability to serve as your key to Chicago: serving as your library card, transit card and benefits card for cultural institutions, sports teams and local businesses.
Every Chicagoan wants to unlock the potential of themselves and their City. CityKey is about connecting all Chicagoans physically and figuratively to our City and each other, whether it’s unlocking new cultural opportunities or the key to getting a job. It is the key, the connection and the catalyst that unlocks the potential of our great City and all those that call it home.
Frequently Asked Questions:
But we do not want price to be a barrier for Program participation. Fee waivers will be available to low-income residents, individuals experiencing homelessness, domestic violence survivors, members of the re-entry community, Veterans, and One Summer Chicago participants (with required supporting documentation as outlined in the CityKey Administrative Rules).
Chicago residents are also able to donate either $5 or $10 to offset the cost for residents who cannot pay the fee.
Is your business interested in working with the Chicago CityKey Program?
The Office of the City Clerk hopes to work with businesses and cultural institutions throughout the City to offer discounts and/or benefits to City of Chicago Municipal ID cardholders.
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